Vancouver's Brent Hayden and Calgary's Erica Morningstar earned gold medals in the men's 50-metre freestyle and women's 100-metre individual medley Wednesday on the FINA World Cup swimming circuit.
It was a fourth World Cup medal for both swimmers this season.
Hayden won his gold by finishing in 21.65 seconds. Australia's Eamon Sullivan took silver in 21.76 seconds, while Russia's Nikita Lobintsev was third 21.80 seconds.
“I nailed every single part of my race” said Hayden, a five-time world championship medallist. “There was nothing that I felt I failed at. I nailed my start, turn and felt I came off the wall pretty good and maintained a good hold on the water.”
Morningstar surged from fifth place at the halfway mark to the victory in one minute 0.57 seconds. China's Liu Jing (1:00.95) was second, while Russia's Ekaterina Andreeva (1:01.07) took third.
“I'm really happy with how I've swam so far posting best times in all my races,” said Morningstar, a 2008 Olympian. “And it's always fun to win. With these competitions so close to each other, the biggest challenge is being fully ready to race no matter how you feel.”
Calgary's Mike Brown was eighth in the men's 100-metre breaststroke and Vancouver's Annamay Pierse placed eighth in the women's 200-metre breaststroke.
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